2013 HP4 inconsistent power output?
I purchased a 2013 HP4 in late May. To say it is a huge upgrade from my '03 R1 is an understatement. I haven't ridden it all that much, maybe 10 rides out in the high speed twisties and a little bit of commuting to and from work.
So, the way I approach anything new in my life, is I take it slow and give myself time to feel it out. The first time I rode it I had it in rain mode. I had built this thing out in my mind to be a vicious monster that would lift in 6th gear with little effort. So first ride, I took it easy.
Then as I got more comfortable, I rode it in Sport and Race. I noticed a difference in the DDC and the throttle response with these mode changes.
After a few more rides I put in the dongle and tried it in slick mode. It didn't feel much different, but I liked it. I ride it mostly in slick mode now.
The one thing that I did notice, is that I was not all that impressed with the power. The low and mid range feels like my R1 (02-03 had tons of low end, and not much top end compared to other R1s). The top end is definitely much stronger than the R1, but... it doesn't always feel the same.
Some days, when I pin it in 2nd the front end lifts and it feels like a beast, other times it feels underwhelming.
Then, I met up with a buddy who has a modded '08 R1 (175 whp) and we switched bikes. To me, his bike felt insane and wild. It lifts effortlessly in 2nd and 3rd. When we switched back, he said he was blown away by the HP4's suspension and braking, but he felt that the power was missing.
So of course, I'm not on the bike 24/7, other **** goes on in life and I don't think about the bike.
A few weeks go by, and I'm riding with a buddy who has a 2015 S1000R. At one point, he pins it in 2nd and holds every gear to the top. I was behind him and I could NOT catch him in a straight line. And that's with me shifting right before cutoff using the quick shifter etc... I mean, I don't know what more I could have done. And I could not inch up on him one single bit.
That last one really got me thinking. I realize the S1000R has more mid range torque, but shouldn't I be able to pass him fairly easily with the HP4? We're only 30 lbs apart, body weight wise. (We also switched bikes, and I was right behind him the S1000R and I had no trouble keeping up with the HP4 in the twisties, and he's a hell of a rider. Other than the top end and the aero, that bike felt amazing!)
Another time, I was pinned in 2nd and as the RPMs climbed I noticed the engine suddenly get more noisy and I could swear I felt the power kick in like a switch.
So, pondering all of this, I thought maybe it was the wheelie control, or the DTC... But I have never seen the DTC light flash. I've tried riding with the DTC and ABS off just to see, and don't really feel a difference.
Now I wonder if this is all in my head, or if maybe the DDC makes the bike feel so stable and in control compared to the wild R1, giving the impression that it's not as fast or crazy, but that still doesn't explain how I couldn't catch the S1000R.
So, I'm not really sure what I'm asking for here, but maybe someone has had similar issues or this is a known issue?
Thanks for your time!
tldr; Not sure if inconsistent power is actually inconsistent perception of power on my part, or a real issue with the bike...
2013 S1000RR HP4 Competition